Fund raising couple have stamp appeal licked

October 27 2017

A SOUTH Gloucestershire couple who support a charity that fights blindness have appealed for used stamps to be sent to them.

A SOUTH Gloucestershire couple who support a charity that fights blindness have appealed for used stamps to be sent to them.

Ron and Gina Pritchard are co-ordinators for RP Fighting Blindness and work to let more people know about the disease retinitis pigmentosa – known as RP – which leads to loss of vision and blindness.

They also help to raise money for research that is aimed at finding a treatment or cure for the 25,000 people in the UK of all ages who are affected by the condition.

The couple, who live in Winterbourne, said the charity recently announced a new collaboration with the Macular Society to fund young PhD students to carry out research in the field of genetic macular diseases.

A used stamps appeal is already well supported by people in South Gloucestershire but Ron and Gina said they were needed more than ever now in order to fund the latest research project.

They can also accept unwanted stamp collections, as well as old and foreign coins. The donated items are then sold on to dealers to raise funds.

The couple said: “There are now patients in clinical trials - help us give them a hope of vision.”

Stamps to be donated should be preferably cut outside the perforations, together with the corner of the envelopes bearing them, and sent to 22 Huckford Road, Winterbourne, Bristol, BS36 1EA.  Ron and Gina also give talks to local groups about RP.  Anyone interested should either email bristolsglosfightingblindness@gmail.com or phone 01454 772927.